Visit a sage-grouse lek and it’s impossible not to become an advocate for this fancy dancer.
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Defenders of Wildlife has been working to promote “smart from the start” principles – carefully planned projects that keep wildlife in mind. The Panoche Solar Farm is the antithesis of this approach.
The “Sagebrush Sea” grasslands are essential to the imperiled sage-grouse, along with hundreds of other critters ranging from pygmy rabbits to sagebrush lizards to mountain lions.
One of grassland conservation’s greatest unsung heroes, Larry Haverfield dedicated his life to protecting endangered species like the black-footed ferret.
Unfortunately, and although the Wyoming plan has its merits, key components of the strategy are not in accord with the best available science on sage-grouse and are unlikely to protect sage-grouse from ongoing threats, particularly oil and gas drilling. “In fact, federal agencies and other states should avoid adopting the Wyoming strategy if their goal is to conserve sage-grouse,” says Defenders’ sage-grouse expert, Mark Salvo.